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Editor’s Commentsby Lucia Bogatay | Print | Email
The Annual OWADP Retreatby The Editor | Print | Email
You will have seen Janet Crane's email about early registration which was good through the end of June. Now we must pay the full amount. But it is not any less worth doing! It is one of our most rewarding events. Janet Crane, our faithful Retreat organizer, should hear from you soon, before it fills up!
Once again, it will be at the Westerbeck Ranch in Sonoma, on the weekend of September 18-20, 2-15. The program for this year is on creativity. Creativity is one of the most valuable skills for the future. The ability to dream, take chances, and create the things we imagine are critical to innovation and change. We are born with this ability, but over time we begin to lose it.
Gretchen Addi, Associate Partner at IDEO, an award winning global design and innovation consultancy, will introduce us to techniques her company has developed to encourage creative thinking. We will reawaken our child's mind and enjoy some open exploratory play and take creative risks among friends.
Movement, Yoga, Art and show and tell, will all be included in new and interesting variations.
The whole thing is a wonderful combination of relaxation and stimulation, and wonderful social interaction. I do hope you will all join us this year! The cost of the program includes bed and board and ranges from $225 to $375 depending on length of stay, and accommodations.
To register, look on line /http://owa-usa.org/retreat.php and send a check to Heather. If you have questions, contact:
Freebairn-Smith and Crane
Planning, Urban Design, Architecture
442 Post Street
Register for the 18th Annual UIFA Congressby from Inga Horton | Print | Email
We are excited to announce that early bird registration is OPEN for the 18th UIFA Congress. We welcome and invite your participation. www.uifa2015.com
In an unprecedented collaboration, the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech will host the 18th Congress of the L'Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes to connect and build a network of women in architecture and design; and to collect, preserve, and highlight the professional contributions of women architects and designers, growing the resources of the IAWA.
Equity in Architecture at 2015 AIA National Conventionby Rosa Sheng | Print | Email
ATLAIANTA 2015 – Reflections on the 2015 AIA National Conventionby Pamela Tang | Print | Email
We came by the thousands to Atlanta to celebrate, to connect, to recharge, and to be inspired. We were not disappointed.
Equity by Design, EQxD, was a huge success at the Convention. It is a timely topic with broad support. Having AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, at the helm was instrumental in its success. As many of you know, Elizabeth demonstrated interest and support for AIASF’s Missing 32% Committee from the beginning, attending our third symposium in October 2014 as President Elect of AIA National.
With Elizabeth’s guidance Rosa Sheng was able to put the Equity in Architecture resolution as the FIRST item to be voted on at the AIA annual meeting and it won by a landslide. I will let Rosa update the community because she is our Chairwoman and has all the statistics and reports (see article above). The media is also covering this topic because it is poignant not just to women but to men as well. See video posted at the AIA's ArchitectMagazine.com. Equal numbers of women and men attended the workshops and spoke up about the need to have creative solutions to an old problem. It is a cultural shift that we can now openly talk about because of EQxD.
With our 42nd President, Bill Clinton, gracing the podium as our first presidential keynote speaker, and with our 2015 AIA Gold Medal and 2015 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion medalists, Moshe Safdie and Peter Eisenman, ATLAIANTA 2015 set the pace for meaningful discourse and action that will transform the profession of Architecture into one befitting its members and the communities we serve.
With her inimitable style and energy, AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, kicked off the convention with the theme—IMPACT. Uniting the audience with the common goal of advancing architecture’s visibility and position in the world, she demonstrated how design excellence provides tangible value that positively impacts society at all levels. With the support of the AIA, architects can reaffirm the value of creativity, collaboration, and design by innovating the way we present ourselves.
Richter showcased the AIA’s promotional video, #ilookup, to raise public awareness of the importance of architecture in society. As part of the AIA Repositioning Initiative started in 2013, this is the first phase of the AIA Public Awareness campaign to bring about meaningful change to remake and advance the profession of architecture and the AIA. Through diverse stories about their architects, the Convention emphasized the importance of every project, irrespective of size or prominence, in defining our collective achievements as a profession. As the 2015 AIA award projects confirmed, neither size nor program garner an advantage. Instead, recognition is bestowed on projects that demonstrate design excellence through integrated project teams and user collaboration.
OWADP tour of Blake Gardenby Carolyne Orazi | Print | Email
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